Meet Baby Wesley, also known as their little Smurf by his adoring mom and dad. I had the pleasure of photographing their maternity session too. I just loved photographing Megan and Rick on their farm and their newborn session with Wesley was no different. We even got outside for a few family portraits with his extended family! But my favorite images from this session are by far the lifestyle images that mostly took place on the bed in their bedroom. I’ll get to those in a bit, but for now, meet this precious little guy!
We started out focusing on Wesley with a few accessories and some minimal props and we found out that Wesley preferred his mama and dada’s arms. So we took breaks so that they could soothe him in order to get some of the essential shots we were after. This one below is one of Rick soothing Wesley to sleep and it happens to be a favorite.
And once he was out, he slept quite peacefully, so much so that we could even place him in this vintage bath basin from Megan’s family.
And here’s where I started to fall in love with this session – Megan swaddled Wesley and sat on the edge of her bed in the soft natural light.
Then Rick joined her and they scooted back toward the headboard where the window light was glowing.
And here’s my all-time favorite of the three of them. They actually chose this for a framed print and I’m so excited to put it together.
And here’s a sweet pose that I don’t often think of, but Megan suggested it and I’m so glad she did!
Congratulations, Megan and Rick! Wesley is precious and it’s such an honor to photograph your family! Blessings to you!
Most of my newborn sessions take place inside where it’s warm, but given a humid summer morning and an expertly landscaped yard with lots of lovely shade, you can bet I’ll be making the most of it (with mom and dad’s permission of course). And for Baby Julian’s session, we were all in agreement about starting outside before it rained.
Here’s sweet Julian in an outfit made by his very talented mommy, Abby.
It was tempting to leave him in that outfit the whole session, he was so gosh darn cute.
But he’s too cute in his birthday suit so we wrapped him in blankets and gauze.
This next series of shots were taken on a hill behind their home. I like that the background is personalized that way.
We went inside and did a few shots on this beautiful baby blanket that has been passed down through their family. Just look at that face!
And Elsie, their first “baby” even made an appearance in this shot with Julian in his nursery. I can’t get enough of babies with their pets – although I can’t claim to be an expert in photographing such a challenging combination. This one just fell in my lap!
Congratulations Abby and Jared on your beautiful baby boy! Thanks for the opportunity to document your precious family!
Is there anything more special than those first few weeks home from the hospital with your new baby? I really can’t think of anything that beats it. And it’s such an honor to be able to document this special, tender time for parents and their bundle of joy!
I first had the pleasure of photographing Corey and Jeff for their engagement session (back when I was shooting weddings). So it was a real treat to meet baby Graham, who was a little angel during the two-hour session. Look at that adorable face!
And here’s one of their first family portraits by the French doors in their dining room. What a sweet family!
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I’m always pleased to received referrals from past clients and when Megan and Rick called, it was clear I was in for a special treat. They recently bought a farm and are in the middle of restoring it and then some! And they wanted their maternity photos to take place in the space that’s most special to them, where they are making plans to raise their son.
Here’s a belly shot that we did by the window in their bedroom.
We scheduled for June, about five- to six-weeks before Megan’s due date. The majority of the session took place outdoors and Megan was a trooper, navigating the terrain in the heat. And Rick was so attentive, driving us from location to location and helping us in and out of the SUV. They had some locations in mind and we went for it. Here are a few favorites from their session.
This next image was my idea, we were driving from one location to the next and I was struck by the beauty of the woods. Plus, I love walking shots!
And here they are in their rye field. How cool will it be for them to look back at this someday? I love how snuggly they are with each other.
More to come from their newborn session in the future!
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It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a baby girl, after a what seemed like the season of baby boys (including my own little sweetheart!) So when my friend, Susanna, found out she was having a girl, I was super excited to meet and photograph her darling baby.
Baby Cosette was a charmer. She actually seemed to be posing for the camera!
And here is one of the (many) first family portraits! I had a hard time choosing, so this is the image that they chose to print. I think they couldn’t resist this one because it looks like she’s smiling. Such a sweet moment! I love this family!